A new point and shoot camera
The Samsung SH100 is a new point-and-shoot which might be a good buy if you’re into this kind of products. Those who already own it say that the photos it takes when light isn’t ideal aren’t impressive at all and that wireless uploads are limited to 2-megapixel pics and 30-second low-res movie clips. On the other hand it’s good to know that this Korean company is seemingly the only one that pushes forward by including Wi-Fi when it comes to cameras. And so, if we’ve raised your interest with this device, then read our review for more info on the subject.
5x optical zoom
When it comes to looks, the Samsung SH100 looks nice and using it feels like using a smartphone camera thank to its wealth of simple editing tools and filters. Its dimensions are 3.7″ x 2.1″ x 0.7″ and it weighs 133g (including the battery). The gadget uses a a 26mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 5x optical zoom, a 3″ touch-screen LCD and many other specs you’ll find in the list under our review. The resolution of the display is 230K dots. During our test we found that the shooting modes were automatic; this translates into a lack of control when it comes to shutter speed and aperture. Despite having a big number of shooting options, this camcorder manufactured by people at Samsung uses digital image stabilization.
The device only has 2 keys: one for shutter release and one for power; they weren’t consistent when tapped, but the built-in stylus made up for that shortcoming.
The interface looks like that usually found on a smartphone: there are many pages of large icons and the menu scrolling works flawlessly and easily.
The software the SH100 is using is called Intelli-studio and it comes with PC Auto Backup for Windows.
General performance is good. Pictures looked appealing even up to ISO 400, with very good colors and brightness; above that, though, the quality worsened considerably, meaning that there was a lot of noise and almost no details to speak of. The auto white balance did a good impression on us and we could easily access things like saturation, sharpness and many others.
Good video mode
We noticed barrel distortion at the wide end of the lens and a bit of softness in the lens. But, as we mentioned some paragraphs ago, the many shooting options as well as filters will definitely keep you entertained. The shutter lag was low and the camera started in about 2.4 seconds, which was quite a lot of time.
The quality of the videos we shot with the Samsung SH100 was good enough for viewing content on a TV or on the Internet. When we tested the device we experienced judder when panning it, and also ghosting when we had to shoot fast-moving subjects or situations. Image stabilization was digital.
This product sports integrated 802.11 wireless which helps users connect to their WiFi network, hot spots, an Android 2.2-powered Galaxy S smartphone, other Samsung Wi-Fi cameras and so on. We were given the possibility to upload pictures or movie clips to sites such as Facebook, YouTube and other popular ones; the only thing you have to remember when doing such an action is that the photos have to have 2 megapixels and the videos 320 x 240 pixels and last no longer than 30 seconds.
In the storage department, the SH100 uses microSD cards. The battery life was good. With the battery we could take about 220 photos (minus those moments when we used the Wi-Fi option or the touchscreen).
The Samsung SH100 is a nice little point-and-shoot device, but if you want to snap pictures in low-light, you’d better look for another camera.
|Image Sensor Type||1/2.33″ (Approx. 7.76mm) CCD|
|Usable Lens||26mm Samsung Lens|
|Display||3″ LCD Touch Screen|
|Smart Face Recognition||Yes|
|Image resolution||14M (4320×3240), 5M (2592×1944), 3M (1984×1488), 1M (1024×768), 10M (3648×2736), 2MW (1920×1080), 12MP (4320×2880)|
|Camera Size (WxHxD)||3.66″ x 2.12″ x 0.74″|